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Monday, 20 August 2012

The Forgotten Commandment

The Telegraph is pushing an idea today that adultery helps marriage. Good grief! How stupid can sin get? Of course, Paul VI prophesied all of these happenings because of the acceptance of contraception and abortion. Separating love and commitment from sex is easy when pregnancy is not involved. Women are less free than they were 100 years ago, IMO. Adultery, as good Catholics know, a mortal sin, separating the two invovled from God and eternal life. No person is worth that.

Here is an extract for the online publication:

Alongside the internet dating revolution, these “playfairs” are evidence of a potentially dramatic shift in British marriage. As dating websites open up a global shop window of sexual possibilities, as life expectancy continues to rise and we become increasingly sexually aware, how can we still take the crushing old rules of fidelity, that turn marriage into a prison, for granted? Why should we not be able to recapture the heady thrills of youth, while protecting a secure home life?
The time has come, alongside the technology, to redraw the rules of marriage for the 21st century. Just as the Pill opened up premarital sex in the Sixties, the internet is opening up a whole new culture of affairs among married people. Sex has become a major leisure activity of our time, accessible to everyone, married or not, rich and poor. It’s time to start honing our seduction skills and join the playground.
Yet it is the most puritanical nations, including Britain and America, that have traditionally resisted the notion of adultery most rigorously. Here, couples endure the challenges of child care, work pressures, mid‑life crisis and dwindling marital sex against a backdrop of repressive Anglo-Saxon hang‑ups about infidelity, seen always in pejorative terms such as “cheating”.
Of course, in journalism, "puritanical" is a buzz word used to pretend the Puritans created the Ten Commandments. Nope, sorry, God did.


newguy40 said...


"...that turn marriage into a prison...."

This is the crushing lie when in fact chastity in marriage is freedom. Those distortions about marriage make me so sad and angry.

Supertradmum said...

newguy40, the freedom of being accepted for who one is in love which leads to eternal life is so wonderful, I cannot but feel sorry for those who miss it. They remind me of the souls in Dante's Inferno, who are doomed to incessant motion in the second circle of hell, for adultery, Paolo and Francesca.

One day, to pass the time away, we read
of Lancelot— how love had overcome him.
We were alone, and we suspected nothing.

And time and time again that reading led
our eyes to meet, and made our faces pale,
and yet one point alone defeated us.

When we had read how the desired smile
was kissed by one who was so true a lover,
this one, who never shall be parted from me,

while all his body trembled, kissed my mouth.
A Gallehault indeed, that book and he
who wrote it, too; that day we read no more."

And while one spirit said these words to me,
the other wept, so that— because of pity—
I fainted, as if I had met my death.

And then I fell as a dead body falls.

Jonathan Cariveau said...

The author can't be serious... perhaps the three most disgusting things I have heard in my life have come to light in the last year: 1) post-birth abortion, 2) artificial pregnancy which divorces procreation from gender completely and makes biological parenthood open to anywhere between one and ten people, and 3) this nonsense that suggests adultery is no longer damaging to marriage.

Had the author of this article even the barest recollection of the meaning of human intimacy, of two persons becoming united body and spirit, he would realize that the world he is picturing is one in which unity between couples has been destroyed. A man and a women who have a secure home built between their covenant of marriage have cooperated in the entirety of their house flowing from the union of their persons and sacrifices in one body and one spirit of love. Now picture these two engaging in many affairs, and what happens to their covenant of love and intimacy? It no longer exists. If the core of the family and home no longer exists, then neither does the family and home. They have become a bare shell, a hollow grave in which dies all that is divine and in which thrives the rot of the merely animal.

Then again, such a grave devoid of all grace merely reveals the worldview of such people who encourage the development of a world such as that, the worldview in which nothing exists but the bare fact of the material - never mind the mental! Never mind reason and spirituality! Never mind the divine! Let's get rid of all those puritanical myths - and history while we're at it, since they're demonstrably Catholic Truths not puritanical absurdities.